Christine: Owner /ERYT-500 / CPT/ AHC/AYS
Why I do what I do. I love yoga and like most when I started I believed it was just an exercise routine and it twisted you up like a pretzel. As my learning and training evolved I soon began to realize it's a lifestyle, a lifestyle that I was drawn to because I was slowly over time finding out who "I" really was. I began to drop all the "labels" and "assumptions" of what I "thought" my life should be and just started to live life to the fullest. I earned my 200 hour certification right here in Buffalo at the Himalayan Institute on Delaware Ave. I continued my studies at the Himalayan Institutes ashram in Honesdale PA gaining my 500 hour certification. I am an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach.
I completed Yoga For All training (yoga for all body types) am a certified Warriors at Ease Teacher (trauma-informed teacher) which brings yoga and meditation to military/veteran communities, working with PTSD, MST, TBI, and making yoga adaptable for all injuries.
Growing up I was not an athletic child, I was the chunkiest snowflake in my one and ONLY year in ballet, never even finished my year in modern dance because I was not able to skip. I had zero grace, and zero coordination, which is a bummer because I never learned the rest of The Hustle".
So why on Gods green earth would I open a yoga studio. Thing is I never wanted to "run/own" a studio, all that time marketing, paying bills, hiring teachers dealing with all the "business stuff" really bores me, I always felt I could be using that time to help others, teach more, serve my community. But with the general perception people have of yoga I needed to do something, so Satya Yoga was born. I get a lot of flack because of the name, what does it mean, I can't pronounce it, I get that, But Satya means truth, truth in though, word and deed, and is one of the yamas (yamas are the first limb on the eightfold path of yoga). So My mission (one of them....) is in the name, everyday I teach what I know to be true.
To help guide people so they can discover their true inner radiance, is my top priority. I always ask the class before we start "what do you need today"? "How can I help/serve you"? And I mean it, class is about your needs its about you not me, not my agenda. I get excited when your back pain starts to go away, you don't get as many headaches, you are breathing better and don't need your asthma medicine as much, You have started to meditate and your anxiety and panic attacks are starting to diminish, YOU FEEL BETTER IN GENERAL, you fall in live with life again, you come back to your spiritual practice surrendering to your divine, and most of all YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.
Yoga offers so much and can be so many thing to so many people, like I said before it's a lifestyle. Yoga doesn't care if you eat meat, drink, swear, are fat, skinny, what your skin color is, your religion, your gender, what you are wearing, you get the idea it's for everybody. It's kind of funny people have told me you don't "look" like a yoga teacher, it makes me giggle. I know what they mean, mainstream media has made yoga out to be this glamorous bendy, twisty practice that you do in $100 yoga pants and $98 tank tops. Hair always looks perfect and you face is made up like a movie star. Lets be real if your face has makeup all over it, it is going to run down your face after the third down dog..... Your hair....a mess after your first down dog. And then the big one. I am not a "skinny girl" and I'm in my later 40's! Life is not a Nike ad people, be who you are.